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Historical South Carolina Newspapers: African-Americans

Delve into the rich content of historical South Carolina newspapers dating from 1836 to 1922 through suggested topics, important dates, interesting articles, and tips for searching.

Selected Articles from Chronicling America

African Americans Topics Guide

Suggested Search Terms:

Try clicking on these African-American related search terms to view their search results in Chronicling America.

54th Mass. Regiment of 
Colored Volunteers

Emancipation Day

Allen College Emancipation Proclamation Penn School
Avery Normal Institute free persons of color race
Benedict Institute Freedmen’s Bureau Joseph H. Rainey
Black Codes of 1865 Richard T. Greener Robert Smalls
Claflin College Hamburg Riot of 1876

S.C. State Federation of 
Colored Women's Clubs

The Colored Alliance Jim Crow S.C. State Negro College
Eight Box Law of 1882 Morris College Voorhees College


Suggested Search Strategies:

  • Try terms more common in the 19th and early 20th centuries such as “negro,” “colored,” and "Afro-American" in your search.

    Images & Headlines Found in Chronicling America

    Emancipation Celebration in Charleston, S.C., 1866

    Example of African-American Owned Business, circa 1913

    Congressman Robert Smalls, circa 1886

    A National Convention of Negroes Article, circa 1883

    Death of a Colored Legislator Article, circa 1868

    1909 advertisement for Benedict College, Columbia, SC

    Richard T. Greener, 1st African American Professor and Department Chair at U.S.C.

    Great Riot in Hamburg Article, circa 1876

    1921 ad for Blues Recordings Sold at a Music Store in Columbia, S.C.

    African American Newspapers in Chronicling America